Wouldn't you want to live there (Paradise Road – edequity.org)
Peace: a wonderful place to live, isn't it?
The gift of peace, and the choice to remain in that place of peace, provides comfort and valuable resources almost too precious to express.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place of peace? It's almost like saying, "Who wouldn't want to visit Hawaii?"
When the cares and concerns of life loom menacingly on the dark horizon like a growing and fierce storm, peace is heaven's gift to a troubled and fretful soul.
God gently offers, in that moment of unsettled emotions and of fearful anxiety, "Wouldn't you like to go to a place of peace with Me?"
I realized recently, while I was traveling and observing the expressions of various and rushing travelers that not many people choose to live in a place of peace. Most people frantically react to life and then traverse from the Land of Frustration to the Isle of Impatience with a quick side trip to Angry Mount and back again.
Who wants to live in a place of volcanic upheaval and uncontrollable tempest? Peace sounds like a much more … well … "peaceful" destination to me!
So … if peace is uncommonly valuable and even utterly desirable, then why is peace so elusive and difficult to capture? Why does peace seem to flit in and out of our lives with not much actuality and very little tenacity?
I have come to believe that peace, although not tangible, is certainly substantial; and that true peace, although invisible, is a strong determinant in reaching one's destination.
"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3).
Peace is a result of trusting a loving Father who knows best and who loves the most. Peace comes rushing in when a believer decides to believe.
Peace is delivered in that infamous, "Aha!" moment of life. When you finally realize that you serve a God who is an expert at working all things together for good and that you are the beneficiary of His incredible competence.
Peace! There it is!! I see it now!
Peace is a gift that is bestowed upon those who know of no other way to live than to take up permanent residence in His joyful and comforting presence.
It is humanly impossible to stir up peace … to beg for peace … to buy peace … or to mimic peace.
Peace is found along the road marked "Trust" and you will find that it is a sure and delightful destination.
No matter what you are going through today … be certain of this … peace is just one trusting choice away.
Take your eyes off your circumstances … remove your heart from boiling emotions … and begin to sing a melody of the resilient soul,
"Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er.
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh for grace to trust Him more!"
Now sing it again. And again.
Sing it while the storm is raging and when the wind is roaring.
Sing it internally when voices are yelling and anger is unleashed around you.
Are you there yet? Have you reached the place of peace?
"You are my hiding place; You will preserve me from trouble; You will surround me with shouts of deliverance!" (Psalm 32:7).
Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical, biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books: No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman's Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book, Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire, was released on Aug. 1. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman's Heart won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.